Oct 31, 2005

Resellers Rate Seagate as Best Hard Drive Provider

Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced that it has won the 16th Annual Computer Dealer News (CDN) Resellers' Choice Award for hard drives. In a CDN survey of more than 10,000 resellers and system builders, Seagate scored the highest marks among disc drive makers for product range, value and innovation.

Resellers and system builders also rated Seagate as a top provider of high-capacity drives. Seagate recently began shipping Barracuda 7200.9, a desktop PC hard drive family offering up to a 500GB (half terabyte) of capacity and 3Gigabit/second Serial ATA (SATA) throughput, to the channel. Barracuda 7200.9 is the world's only 9th generation 7200-rpm disc drive.

With the Barracuda 7200.9 family, Seagate is providing system builders with the industry's leading combination of capacity, performance, and reliability to meet the system performance and reliability requirements for bandwidth-hungry applications including digital video editing and production, CAD/CAM, and data and image analysis. Seagate's newest desktop PC hard drive are a great fit for environments ranging from mainstream and high-end PCs to entry-level SATA servers and PC-based home media servers.

Seagate also offers high-capacity disc drives for notebook PCs, including Momentus 5400.2, the industry's first 5400-rpm notebook drive to deliver 120GB of capacity, and Momentus 7200.1, the industry's first notebook drive to combine true 7200-rpm desktop PC performance with 100GB of capacity.

"The channel partners and system builders surveyed for the 16th annual CDN Resellers' Choice Awards made it clear that Seagate is one of their top hard drive manufacturers," said Paolo Del Nibletto, editor, CDN - Computer Dealer News, Canada's number one IT channel publication. "Seagate's top scores in the hard drive category shows that it is delivering a powerful mix of products, services and programs."

Resellers Laud Seagate Disc Drives and Reseller Program
Seagate backs its disc drives with a partner program that excels in helping system builders in their efforts to increase profits, reduce costs, accelerate time-to-market and expand their knowledge and customer base. Seagate provides system builders with the industry's most reliable, innovative hard drives and the marketing and support resources they need to build a thriving systems business.

"Seagate is an exceptional channel partner," said Frankie Wong, president of Elco Systems. "From the five-year warranty covering all its hard drives and the impressive breadth and quality of its notebook, desktop and enterprise drives, to a reseller program that provides invaluable product resources for our technical and sales teams, Seagate is enabling us to maximize system value for our customers."

"Pro-Data has been a loyal Seagate partner for many years," said Cameron Janzen, vice president of Pro-Data. "Seagate hard drives are a big reason our Performance Design computer systems continue to meet our customers' system performance and reliability requirements. Seagate's unique ability to offer hard drives for such a broad range of server and PC applications, together with its best-in-class reseller program, is further evidence as to why it is so popular with resellers."

"Ciara Technologies is seeing rising customer demand for servers and desktop PCs that meet the performance, capacity and reliability requirements for a broad range of bandwidth-intensive applications," said Patrick Scateni, Vice president of Sales and Business Development of Ciara Technologies. "Seagate's disc drives enable us to provide our customers with the high-performance systems they need for applications including data mining, academic research, physics simulation and mechanical engineering."

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Momentus and Barracuda are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to drive capacity one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one megabyte, or MB, equals one million bytes. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environment and formatting.